Feb 8, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) defends against Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 94-89. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: 2014's Most Overrated Free Agent

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The key to selecting the most overrated NBA Free Agency signing from the 2014 class is to be original and to not play to the public. Everyone is in play.

E-v-e-r-y-o-n-e.

Drum Roll please!

Exactly one year from now, 2014’s most overrated free agent signing will be none other than……..

LeBron James.

Okay, okay, I’m joking … clearly.

I think the easy choice is Gordon Hayward.

Especially now that he’s been matched by the Jazz for his $63 million max deal. He’s been Utah’s go-to guy for the last couple seasons now and, even then, his shooting percentages have decreased each season.

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He’s a very good player in this league, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve yet to see if he’s a max level player. He’s got some better pieces around him now so we’ll see how his game adjusts accordingly.

Now the controversial pick would be Lance Stephenson. Let me be the first to tell you how big of a Lance fan I am. Huge fan. Love his game. But the biggest question is how much of that success (14 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game) is because he was a member of a really good Indiana Pacers squad?

UPDATE:

Stephenson has since signed a three year, $27M deal with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. The deal has a team option on the third year, which applies added pressure for him to step up his game and show he’s worth the investment. I’m hoping he won’t blow this opportunity like he blows in LeBron James’ ear.

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